ANOTHER VINTAGE SHIRT



"I really need to start buying more vintage", That's what I said in my latest blog post and as you can see, I've done just that. I'm now making a conscious effort to explore this new found world.

In today's post I'm sharing another shirt I found from COW Vintage, my local secondhand store in Manchester's Northern Quarter. This is the second killer shirt I've found in three weeks, which is pretty good odd's don't you think?




It's a black and white pattern that I originally thought was zebra print, which you guessed it, obviously first attracted my eye! When I got a little closer, it turned out to be more of a geometric design rather than animal print, which I still think is very cool and something I wanted to try out. The shirt has a long darted collar that screams the 70's, huge elongated cuffs which are longing to be turned inside out and folded up, which of course is exactly how I styled it.





The shape of this piece is so well fitted, it feels like it's been tailored to me. I'm also a huge fan of an unbuttoned shirt, and with this ones retro feel it's almost begging to be worn with a few top buttons missing. I finished off the look by wearing what could be vintage shades (stolen from the other half) to complete this 70's  rock 'n' roll outfit.




I'm heading across to America with my family next Sunday which is exciting, so I've started adding things to my packing list which I hope to share with you next week. 

Since I have plans to wear this shirt in America, I decided to wear it in Manchester, and style it ready for my holiday to see if it could be worn in a warmer climate. Admittedly I haven't shown you every detail this shirt has, I've toned it down to fit in with the windy surroundings of the Northern Quarter, with a black denim jacket and the shirt tucked in. But my plans to wear this shirt on holiday are a lot different, so watch this space. 



You can check out this weeks YouTube video below where this shirt and my last vintage shirt feature, along with a lot of catching up!





MY ALTER EGO VINTAGE SHIRT




I've not bought any vintage in a long time, however, last weekend I found myself in one of Manchester's best known vintage shops, COW. I was browsing the packed rails full of vintage clothing, when low and behold I came across something I fell in love with. There was however, a downside. The shirt I'd found jammed in amongst the rails was an extra-large, not just any extra-large an American XL. This thing was HUGE! Reason number 1, I find vintage shopping annoying, you discover the most killer piece and what do you know, it doesn't fit you, ANNOYING!





I saw past the shirts huge size and was initially going to purchase it not to wear, but to frame as a piece of art! That was my thinking, if I couldn't physically wear it, I'd do the next best thing! 
I mean, just look at that print, it's unbelievable!







The bar alone shapes up to be my perfect night out, a few beers to start, a martini or two in the middle, then a good old whisky to end. The bar stools are also particularly cool, especially the chair with the leather biker jacket effortlessly thrown over it, next to the red electric guitar. You really do feel the cool oozing out of this shirt. The scene is finished off and lit up by the large suspended lights above the bar, it's just one incredibly cool print and incredibly cool shirt. How could I leave something this good behind?





Answer: I couldn't. I felt like I'd stumbled upon a shirt that summed up my alter ego of The Unidentified Rocker down to a T, I can imagine myself in this bar, nevermind wearing the print on a shirt. As I mentioned this shirt was an XL, so you're all probably thinking to yourselves, well, it doesn't look that big to me. That's correct, it doesn't. I loved this shirt so much I wanted to wear it, meaning the shirt and myself had to take a trip straight to the tailors.




As you can see the tailor did an excellent job cutting and shaping the shirt, as well as loosing a lot of length from the body and sleeves which I can tell you now, were both very long! That's the beauty of vintage, I have something no one else has and probably can never get, the shirt was £19 and I spent £26 getting it tailored to my exact measurements.




This shirt was made in Honolulu, Hawaii and has definitely been around for a few years, looking at the labels inside I get the impression its being around from the early 80's even late 70's as it states the brand has been around since 1956. The brands called Tori Richard and feel like it's a quality piece. I just love the mother of pearl buttons each with Tori Richard etched on to them, and this killer discovery has me hooked. I'll definitely be heading back and shopping vintage very soon to find my next diamond in the rough!

I'd love to know your best vintage finds and where you came across them! Comment in the box below.




THE PYTHON SHIRT



Hey guys, hope you're all good! Tonight's post is one which should have gone up weeks ago, so apologies on that. Basically, to cut the long story short, I had a huge problem with this shirt being delivered. However, after two "attempted" deliveries I finally have my hands on it, meaning I can feature it here across on my blog. You know what they say, third time lucky right?




So here it is, as you can see it has a wild snakeskin print to it, which surprise surprise, I love! I first spotted this shirt on a friend at work, it just looked so bloody cool that I had to ask where he'd got it from! It's from womenswear brand Missguided, which is somewhere I've never thought about looking for shirting before. If you are however as addicted to animal print as I am, I'd strongly recommend checking out their range of killer patterns. 





I bought this shirt in a size eight which is an equivalent to a small in men's sizes, the fit is great, the only very small complaint I have is that the shirt is slightly tight under the arms, but that's not enough to put me off! I decided to wear the shirt open, which is a little different to how I would normally wear a shirt like this, but I think this way looks equally as cool. I styled it over a plain white t-shirt, sleeves rolled up to achieve that laid back look and all brought together with my other classic pieces.




The final fact I have about this shirt is probably the best - it's a total steal! It's only £15 and Missguided also offer a 20% student discount, so if you can get your hands on a promo code you can pick this shirt up for £12, bargain!




Overall this shirt is killer. The print, the material and the look is exactly what I normally go for. You really can't beat python print or any form of animal print on a shirt, it just looks so drop dead cool! Hopefully I've given you some inspiration and shown you all how to transform this python piece into a more summery look. Even though it is of course a woman's shirt, with the right accessories and styling, it can be worn just as good by men.



I have a short YouTube video tonight showing you the shirt in more detail, it would be awesome if you could check it out! Just click the video link below.

Check the shirt out by clicking here.




JULY CHILD JEWELLERY




This is a jewellery brand I've been wanting to feature across on my blog for a very long time now. You all know how addicted I am to jewellery, so this is pretty much my perfect post! Today I'll be talking to you all about a brand called July Child, which so happens to be based right here in Manchester.




Jewellery is one of the best ways of expressing yourself, my mantra has always been that, jewellery can elevate any outfit and raise it to a new level of cool. Owner of July Child, Sinead Flood, shares this belief too. I know Sinead personally and I know she shares the same passion and love for jewellery as I do.

Sinead states on her website that 'jewellery is an expression of who you are. It’s a similar form of expression as a tattoo'. I've always thought of jewellery in this way too, the special way in which jewellery can be very personal and can often hold a sentimental meaning and intriguing narrative behind each piece. The memories attached to special pieces of jewellery can evoke thoughts of certain people or places, making it treasured and unique.



July Child's jewellery range can be viewed online. It's website is filled with a carefully curated group of global jewellery designers, from New York to New Zealand. If you're intrigued to discover a selection of off-the-grid cult designers, I strongly recommend you check July Child out (after reading this post, obviously).

I've been lucky enough to get my hands on a few of my favourite pieces from the brand, so with that said, lets get a closer look at some of the jewellery that caught my eye. I can tell you now, I chose all the pieces in the same colour - silver, which is one of my main rules when it comes to jewellery.



This is one of my favourite pieces I wanted to share with you all, it's called the La Luna necklace. It's a very detailed handcrafted silver crescent moon made by Molina Jewellery. It's a quality piece, as are all of the treasures stocked by July Child. This particular necklace and beaded chain are both made from sterling silver. I wore my star print Asos shirt whilst shooting this post, I really think this necklace couldn't have gone any better with my outfit.  




I was pretty lucky to be given the opportunity to feature so many pieces from July Child, but this next one is another I couldn't wait to see in real life, as it looked so good online. This tiny pinky ring is so fine and detailed, and what makes it even better is that it's adjustable. Meaning whatever size your fingers are, it'll fit great!




Last but not least we have this killer necklace which was kindly gifted by Sinead herself. I bloody love this piece, the Abuela's Lucky Coin. It's right up my street and sits perfectly with my other silver necklaces. I'm also going to take all the luck it brings my way!


You can shop all of the necklaces I've featured today, plus the awesome little "Give Yourself A Hand" ring across on Sinead's website July Child now and also check out this weeks YouTube video to find out more.

Photographs by CJ Carpenter.